Canadian Rockies by Train Tour

A leisurely escorted tour that travels the dramatic beauty of the Canadian Rockies – tour snow covered mountain peaks glisten amid glacier blue lakes where ever present wildlife roams free. Ride a “snow coach” to a glacier, cruise on a crystal clear lake, and take a quiet water raft trip to watch the pristine landscape glide by. Alpine villages, ice-fields, pounding waterfalls, and the great outdoors… await.

Why you’ll enjoy this trip:

♦  Fresh air and natural wonders are only part of the best destination in Western Canada. 
♦  Canada’s most livable city - Vancouver.
♦  Meet wildlife in Jasper National Park! You can possibly spot elk, moose, bears, deer and more among the towering verdant pines.
♦  Dotted with over 100 glaciers, waterfalls and pristine emerald lakes, the Ice-fields Parkway is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
♦  Experience the Rockies by train onboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ and relax in the dome car for endless sweeping views of the mountains. 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Calgary, Canada

Upon arrival in Calgary, we transfer* to our hotel and check-in. Dinner is included this evening. (D) 

*Please arrive by 12noon into Calgary

Day 2 - Banff

Banff and the best of Yoho National Park. Today we will visit Moraine and Emerald Lakes, both beautiful and different. We take a walk to the Lower Johnson Canyon Waterfall - what a sight! No visit would be complete without a stop at Lake Louise where we will have the opportunity to walk the paved path along the edge of the lake, relax on one of the many benches and savor the peaceful beauty. Return to Banff by mid-afternoon with the remainder of the day to explore on your own. (B) 

Day 3 - Banff

Experience a once in a lifetime journey as you sweep above the treetops on the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain. Once at the top, the views are breathtaking. Enjoy the multi-sensory Above Banff Theatre, here you will soar over the Canadian Rockies from the perspective of the majestic bald eagle. The observation deck will allow you to see 6 different mountain ranges, and the town of Banff below, so don’t forget your camera! You will also have time to enjoy the interpretive center. This afternoon is free to explore on own. (B)

Day 4 - Banff - Jasper

Depart Banff and travel along the Icefield Highway always being on the lookout for wildlife as we make our way to visit Bow Falls. We stop at Athabasca Falls to wonder at the sheer beauty and power. Then we board our special “snowcoach” for a ride where you will be able to get out and walk atop a glacier. Later we continue on the Columbia Icefield Highway … with snowcapped mountains and rushing rivers, and impressive cliffs. We arrive in Jasper and check into our hotel. (B,D)

Day 5 - Jasper

What a day we have today! To start, we begin with a very mild float/rafting tour on the Athabasca River, the same route once used by ‘Fur Traders’ years ago. Our adventure continues this afternoon as we take a walk into Maligne Canyon to enjoy its natural beauty. Then it’s on to Maligne Lake for a relaxing cruise and a brief stop at ‘Sprite Island’. This evening, after dinner, we embark on a wildlife safari in search of Moose, Bear, and Caribou. (B)

Day 6 - Jasper - Kamloops, British Columbia

This morning it’s “All Aboard!” VIA Rail Canada as we depart Jasper bound for Kamloops. Our relaxing daytime journey will take us past snowcapped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers, and perfectly pristine Canadian wilderness. “Oh what a journey!” Our train arrives in Kamloops late this afternoon, we check into our hotel, the Accent Inns Kamloops. (B)

Day 7 - Kamloops - Vancouver

This morning, we motor our way to Vancouver, BC where this afternoon we meet our local guide. Our city tour of Vancouver includes the beautiful Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, including the world famous steam-powered clock, the 2010 Olympic torch and village. After, we check into our hotel. (B,D)

Day 8 - Depart Vancouver

After breakfast, you may depart anytime. As you travel home, remember all the wonderful memories and friends you have met on your fabulous vacation! (B)


Tour Details

Hotel / Lodging
(or similar)

7-Nights 4-Star Hotel Accommodation

Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Vancouver

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel welcomes you to British Columbia with style, substance and award-winning hospitality. Ideally located in Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver, we're moments away from the Vancouver Seawall, Stanley Park and shopping on Robson Street.

Accent Inns Kamloops

It’s been said that Kamloops is “an attractive, affordable, and accessible getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, families, athletes, and weekend warriors,” and the same could be said for our Kamloops Hotel.

Sawridge Inn

Spacious rooms and our signature Dreamers Wanted™ beds will make you feel at home

Royal Canadian Lodge

Explore the small resort town of Banff with its rich history, breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. Nestled in the heart of town, the resort lodge is the perfect location for our stay.

Transportation

Motor-coach
Snow-coach
Boat
Train

Meals

10 Meals: 7 Breakfasts | 3 Dinners

Trip Highlights

Vancouver City Tour
Via Rail from Kamloops to Jasper
Snow Coach ride - walk on a Glacier
Jasper River Rafting
Icefields Parkway
Cruise on Lake Maligne
Yoho National Park
Banff National Park
Jasper National Park
Banff Gondola
Full Time Tour Director
Gratuities for Driver, Tour Director and Local Guides


Upcoming Departures

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Mon June 10, 2024 - Mon June 17, 2024
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Mon August 18, 2025 - Mon August 25, 2025
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  • Marilyn S, Southington CT
    “I have just returned from your Canadian Rockies Trip and it was FANTASTIC. Thank you for all your efforts to make our days amazing, fun filled, educational and very comfortable. look forward to future trips with Tours if Distinction. You have a fine company.”

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